At NPE 2018, South Korea’s LS Mtron was relatively unknown to the North American plastics industry. While the company was a leading player in the global IMM market, in the US they were known mostly as an upstart injection molding machine provider born as a spinoff of the LG Group, just starting to establish its presence in the plastics industry.
At the 2018 show, the company announced that Daiichi Jitsugyo America (DJA) of Wood Dale, IL, the distributor for Niigata injection molding machines, would begin distributing LS Mtron in the United States. Three years later, LS Mtron acquired DJA and established their own presence in the U.S., with DJA’s Peter Gardner becoming President. Soon after, industry veteran Paul Caprio joined the company as President-Sales, and it quickly became apparent with additional key hires that LS Mtron was serious about growth.
At this year’s NPE 2024, LS Mtron is making a major statement: The company boasts the largest booth space, 13,500 square feet, devoted solely to IMMs. Thanks to exponential growth over the past six years, the company, now one of the Top 10 IMM suppliers worldwide — and its massive presence at NPE 2024 will serve as a splashy springboard for its further North American growth plans.
LS Mtron has more than 2,000 machines installed in North America, primarily for automotive production, as well as appliances, electronics and logistics packaging. Many of those machines already in North America are in LG and LS Company plants, as well as many other Korean transplants, but the company continues to increase machine sales to the overall injection molding industry. Leading global brands relying on LS Mtron equipment include Hyundai, Kia, Ford, GM, Tesla, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW, LG, Samsung, Visteon, Delphi, Mahle, Parker Hannifin, US Merchants, Quantum Storage, Luxit Automotive Lighting, Integrity Mold, Tessy, LG Chem, LG Appliances and many others.